After a series of accidents and crimes apparently related to the phenomenal app Pokemon Go, experts have talked about the dangers and safety tips for children playing the game.
According to New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, players are putting themselves at risk of being lured into unfamiliar places and subjecting themselves to become potential victims of crime by playing the game.
Bratton, who said he’s concerned about the safety of all players, said parents should use Pokemon Go as a chance to teach their kids broader safety lessons.
Callahan Walsh, a child advocate at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told ABC News: ”The rules that apply to keep kids safe, whether they’re walking to or from school or at the bus stop, are going to be the same rules that keep them safe while they’re playing Pokemon Go.
“We want parents to make sure that they’re supervising their youngest children … [and that] the older children … [are] empowered with safe and smart decision making,” he added.
Here are Bratton’s safety tips for young players:
- Inform your parent before going anywere.
- Bring a companion.
- Tell people “no”
- Inform a trusted adult if anything happens.